Author: Ray Yurkowski

Become the latest entrepreneur “hubster”

So you want to change the world, and you have just the idea to make that change a reality. According to local social innovator Peter Miller, those ideas make you a social entrepreneur. But what’s the next step? How do you get that revolutionary idea to the community? That’s where an innovation hub comes in. Earlier this year, a pilot project got underway with the blessing of the United Church. The Markham Community Innovation Hub was established to become a place where local social entrepreneurs could gather, connect and find resources to help their initiative get off the ground...

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Gift baskets needed for women in shelters

This year, the York Region Basketeers are asking you to help them, help women in need. Each year, violence and abuse drive more than 100,000 Canadian women and children out of their homes and into shelters. Basketeering is a simple idea. Individuals, families, service clubs, work colleagues and friends fill a laundry basket with new personal and household items. Suggestions can be found on the organization website. The baskets are dropped off, delivered to a local shelter and given to women as they leave to commence their personal new start. More than 10,000 women have received a “new beginnings”...

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Enjoy the African-Caribbean gala

This year, the Markham African-Caribbean Canadian Association (MACCA) is celebrating their 30th annual scholarship ball. MACCA promises phenomenal food, lively music, and engaging guest speakers as they celebrate the academic and leadership accomplishments of local African and Caribbean youth. Dress to impress in your best formal attire and get to know the stories of this year’s scholarship recipients, who graduated high school and now attend a post-secondary program. Your opportunity to support the next generation of community leaders is at 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Sheridan Parkway Toronto North Hotel. Tickets are $100 each. Tickets are available...

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Meet a PM at theatrical supper party

Have a “dinner” with a prime minister, deciding on a national crisis. Next month, Shadowpath Theatre Productions gives you an opportunity to dine with Canadian politician, Métis leader and founder of the province of Manitoba, Louis Riel. The synopsis: it’s 1885 and the Battle of Batoche has Canadian authorities up against a force of Métis. Riel makes one final escape to his French allies in Quebec for an urgent rendezvous. The main topic of dinner conversation, attended by former Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie and Canadian poet-performer Pauline Johnson, should Riel flee, fight or surrender? Tickets for “Dinner with Canada,”...

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Employers somewhat upbeat about hiring

Canadian employers expect a “cautiously optimistic” hiring climate for job seekers in the fourth quarter of the year says the latest Manpower employment survey. “Nationally, heading into the fourth quarter of 2017, we’re seeing a general trend of modest growth,” said Manpower Canada vice president, Darlene Minatel in a news release. “Most of the hiring activity is expected to focus on Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia; however there are still some bright spots in the rest of Canada, led by an anticipated moderate uplift in the oil and gas sector.” The survey canvassed more than 1,900 employers across the...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Halloween in the Village

    October 29
  2. Markham at the Movies

    October 30
  3. Markham Little Theatre

    November 15 - November 18